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The Victoria, Walsall Central, Walsall

23 Lower Rushall Street
Walsall
WS1 2AA
Phone: 01922635866
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Victoria

A traditional boozer,nothing much has changed since the very thorough PSM review below from 2012.I settled in the small front bar,but the L shaped rear saloon was more lively.On the first floor there is now a pool room,which makes the upstairs lavotories seem less incongruous.There is now a much larger real ale offering with the chalk board advertising 7 ales (on my trip Backyard Centennial,Blonde and Aethelred Rye(very good nick and on £2 special offer) ,Titanic Plum Porter,Marstons Wainwright,Church End Gravedigger Mild and Wye Valley Butty Bach together with 2 real ciders.The handpumps are spread over the two sides of the counter,so it may be worth enquiring what is actually available.Cobs at £1 are available, there is a weekly quiz night and occasional live music.
It's rightly in the GBG 2019 ,and should not be missed on any trip to Walsall.I liked it a lot,a friendly spot with many points of interest,although the jug & bottle window isn't operational these days.

On 25th April 2019 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Victoria

This is a nice old-fashioned two room pub on a busy road in Walsall's town centre. The entrance is through a door on a small side street, leading into a hallway which gives access to both rooms. The compact front room is carpeted with one long banquette running the length of the front wall and serving a number of small tables with regular chairs. The brick fireplace at the far end of the room was lit on my early afternoon visit and I enjoyed settling down next to it with my pint and paper. The walls were decorated with a lot of old Coca Cola and Schweppes adverts and I also noticed a beer bottle collection on a shelf above the bar. I didn't get a good look at the rear room, as I was loathe to leave the fireside, but it looked a bit more basic, with additional banquette and low stool seating. A garden, which seemed to be partly sheltered, could be accessed from the back of the pub. Music was playing quietly from a 50's radio station during my stay, which was unobtrusive until the Rawhide theme tune caught my attention. A visit to the gents involved a trip upstairs that felt like I was venturing into someone’s house and gave the impression that the pub has been converted from a private residence, or that perhaps the toilets used to be outside and have now been incorporated in the living quarters.
The four hand pumps offered Greene King Abbot Ale, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Wye Valley Butty Bach (£2.60) and Backyard Gold. My well kept pint of Butty Bach was poured by a friendly barmaid who apologised for the pub being so quiet.
I liked the feel of this traditional style pub and thought that with the addition of a few other customers, it could have really won me over. The pub is close to the Lyndon House Hotel and Black Country Arms, so it would be inexcusable to leave it out of any crawl around Walsall.

On 26th January 2012 - rating: 7
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Ale Monster left this review about The Victoria

This is a traditional two room town centre pub that is a free house, the entrance is down the right hand side of the pub and leads into a hall with a staircase, a door to the bar on the left (front of building) and a door to the lounge on the right (back of building), there is a central bar that serves both rooms. The public bar is small with a bar counter on the right and a brick fire place surrounded by horse brasses in the far wall on the left of the counter. The lounge is slightly bigger with a small bar counter on the left which backs onto the counter in the public bar, a small fire place on the wall to the right of the counter and a door opposite the counter at the back of the room, this leads out to a small patio with loads of flowers and a fully used green house in the corner! The décor is minimalist but leans more towards traditional than modern and the colour scheme is quite bright.

Regular ales are Green King Abbot Ale, Ruddles County and Old Speckled Hen with two changing guest beers which on my visit were Wye Valley HPA and Purity Mad Goose. I can’t comment on the consistency of quality as this was my first visit but on the day my drinking partners and I all thought the beers seemed well kept.

A really good traditional pub with a decent selection of beers, it feels like an old local’s type pub which in my opinion is a good thing with so many characterless chain pubs around these days. One of the better pubs in the town, I’m surprised it’s not in the GBG 2010. I would most definitely hope to return in the near future.

On 30th August 2010 - rating: 8
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This pub features in the following crawls:
The Best of Walsall Central Pub Crawl by Andy Ven
An afternoon in Walsall by General Staal
Walsall by Roy Collins
WALSALL by Roy Collins
Brum-Oakengates-Walsall by train man
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Ale Monster
Walsall, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Bescot Stadium, 2 miles, 38 min walk (show)
Tame Bridge Parkway, 2.51 miles, 48 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Victoria, Walsall
1st Sep 2019, 17:16
Pub added to pub crawl (Brum-Oakengates-Walsall) by train man
 
25th Apr 2019, 18:13
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 January 2012 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 April 2019 by Bucking Fastard
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